Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 06 March 2018
TO ???? Conductor
If you really want to understand your rights as a union member I
suggest you visit the National Labor relations board web site and read
through the LMRDA. Please note that the Railway labor act has
absolutely nothing to do with your rights as a union member or fair
representation by a union. Many railway employees are often mislead to
believe other wise. This is a well known stall tactic used to mislead
uneducated union members.
Rules about Union dues:
The amount of dues collected from employees represented by unions is
subject to Federal and State laws and court rulings.
The NLRB allows employers and unions to enter into union-security
agreements which require all employees in a bargaining unit to become
union members and begin paying union dues and fees within 30 days of
Even under a security agreement, employees who object to full union
dues may continue as "core" members and pay only that share of dues
used directly for representation, such as collective bargaining and
contract administration. You also do not have to pay the portion used
to support a political figure that you do not support but your union
does. Known as objectors they are no longer full members but are still
protected by the union contract. Unions are obligated to tell all
covered employees about this option, which was created by a Supreme
Court ruling and is known as the "Beck right"!
An employee may object to union membership on religious grounds, but in
that case must pay an amount equal to dues to a nonreligious charitable
One of the biggest claims filed is one where the Union did not disclose
the legal rights to the employee being hired. This is not uncommon. The
unions do not want to lose any money and will hide this fact quiet
often. If you feel that your rights have been violated you can contact
the NLRB and file a complaint. In the meantime if you feel that you are
not being represented to the fullest extent of your agreement you have
every right to have your dues reduces to an amount that covers the
items listed above. Unfortunately there has been strong allegations in
the past that members who opt out of full dues by their Federal rights
find themselves being left on the back burner and their representation
for filed claims and violations of the contract may take an
unreasonable amount of time. There are Federal laws that protect all
Union members in the United States from this type of behavior.
Again, you DO NOT HAVE TO pay full union dues.